The Big Healthy Art Project
During the summer of 2019, MakeMore Arts worked to support the young people of Ryedale to access more arts opportunities. Within rural areas, it can often be very challenging. In this area, there’s no central museum service so activities tend to be disparate – we wanted a more joined up approach.
Rosie took inspiration from a collaborative delivery approach to the Arts Award she’d seen in action across the city of York, setting one up in the Ryedale region. Partners included Malton Museum, Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool, Hawkes Health Football Club, and the National Trust at Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace and Temple.
What we did
We delivered interactive assemblies about the health benefits of arts participation to 300 primary school children during the summer term.
Over 35 FREE activities took place across the region, hosted by our partners. Mini arts booklets were produced for 1200 young people and distributed free of charge to their schools.
With support from Ryedale District Council and Sports England, Rosie and Karen delivered ephemeral art workshops in 5 playgrounds with families to explore ‘clean air’ and support a new initiative to encourage smoke-free playgrounds. Rosie also worked with over a hundred footballers at Hawkes Health to design healthy art football bunting.
Part of our commitment
Rosie and Karen are committed to increasing access to the arts. We believe that we all benefit from arts participation. We love intergenerational art, when families take part together.
This project is an example of better things happening when we work with partners.
We were able to get collaborative press, as well as directly signposting the activities of multiple partners to 1200 young people. This kind of approach is also better for the environment – because it meant that dozens of partners could promote through one booklet, rather than each creating their own.
Poppies in Peace – a World War One commemorative project
In 2018, MakeMore Arts worked with 8 local primary schools to create a collaborative exhibition to remember the stories of those from our local community who had experienced war.
With funding from Arts Council England, the project was one of many First World War projects to take place across the country. Over 800 young people took part in story sessions and contributed to an art exhibition at Beck Isle Museum, Pickering.
What we did
Rosie delivered immersive story sessions, including object-handing and drama games, to share the lives of three Ryedale men who served in France during the First World War. All three returned to their communities – but how must it have felt to resume ‘normal’ life after their experiences?
The young learners, aged 6 to 11, were invited to create their own poppy to commemorate the stories of the three men from the story, or other people impacted by war, working with Karen in art workshops. Some children chose to create poppies for families members in the Forces or who had served their countries in previous conflicts, including the First and Second World War.
The children swapped one petal on their poppy for the petal of a different flower, using collaging and drawing to design their artwork. Their choice of petal was highly symbolic, with nettles chosen for protection, lilies for peace, and many other flowers according to the reflections of each participant.
Over 800 poppies were exhibited throughout November 2018, a powerful memorialisation of survival.
Exhibitions are a big part of our mission
Rosie and Karen are passionate about giving ordinary members of the community, including children and young people, platforms for their creations. One of the ways they do this is by exhibiting community artwork in professional spaces
This is because having work shared in this way is aspiration raising and exciting!
Rosie with Ella Voce, Museum Manager at Beck Isle Museum, on installation day.
Creatures of Curiosity